Cool Off With Summer TV


Gone are the days when reruns were the only viewing option on television during the summer. Networks now value summer TV as not just a way to trial new shows, but also as a time to bring back successful favorites. Check out these great shows premiering or returning this summer.

Whose Line is it Anyway?

This CW reboot of the popular improv comedy show, which ended its run after eight seasons on ABC, will be bringing back the laughs. Much of the original cast is returning, including Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles. Aisha Tyler (The Ghost Whisperer, Archer) will be front and center in place of former host Drew Carey. Watch it: CW, July 16.

Family Tree

If you are a fan of genealogy, monkey hand puppets, and eccentric family members, Family Tree is the show for you. The half-hour comedy from HBO, directed by Christopher Guest (the creator of such gems like Best in Show and A Mighty Wind), brings the mockumentary format to the small screen. Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) stars as Tom Chadwick, a guy who lost his job, got dumped by his girlfriend, and decides to go on a journey to discover more about his family after inheriting a mysterious box. With an ensemble cast that includes some of Guest’s stable of improv actors—Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Don Lake, and Jim Piddock—this eight-episode series is sure to keep you laughing this summer. Watch it: HBO, May 12.

Arrested Development

The final countdown has begun! After a seven-year hiatus, Arrested Development will soon be chicken-dancing its way back into our hearts. Fans will be reunited with the dysfunctional but lovable Bluth family when the 15-episode season four comes to Netflix. With the return of all the original cast, each episode will focus on one character. All episodes will be available at once, so be prepared for a Bluth binge! Watch it: Netflix, May 26.

The Fall

If you have been in Gillian Anderson withdrawal since The X-Files, you’ll be happy to know she is back on TV in BBC series The Fall. This crime-drama follows London detective Stella Gibson as she treks to Belfast in search of a serial killer. Fans of Sherlock and Broadchurch will enjoy the mystery. The five-episode series begins its run on BBC Two on May 13, but U.S. audiences have to wait until later in the month. Watch it: Netflix, May 28.

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